January 8, 2020

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The Iconic ‘Where is Waldo’ Illustrations of Martin Handford

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All of you will probably know the famous illustrations of ‘Where is Waldo?’  The illustrator named Martin Handford spent most of his childhood drawing. While other kids were outside playing, he would draw pictures instead. One time in 1986, Handford was asked by his boss to draw a character with …

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All of you will probably know the famous illustrations of ‘Where is Waldo?’ 

The illustrator named Martin Handford spent most of his childhood drawing. While other kids were outside playing, he would draw pictures instead. One time in 1986, Handford was asked by his boss to draw a character with specific features. After a while he came up with the idea of ‘Wally,’ a world and time traveller who always dresses up in red and white. On most of his travels, he is joined by his friend named Wenda who also wears red and white and by an evil character named Odlaw, who dresses in yellow and black.

His idea was to make a page full of people and in there you have to find Waldo. He is hidden in between the huge crowd. You will often get mistaken by finding red and white clothes on other people. 

The Where is Waldo books are sold in more than 43 million copies in over 33 different countries. Even with all the success of the books, that’s not where it stopped. Waldo became so famous it got even turned into merchandise including, pillows, blankets, t-shirts, sweaters etc. 

Each illustration takes Handford up to 8 weeks to draw. Most of the time he adds Waldo in the end of each illustration.

‘I’d like to inspire children–to open their minds to explore subjects more–to just be aware of what’s going on around them. I’d like them to see wonder in places that might not have occurred to them.” Martin Handford says.

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©All images Copyright Martin Handford